NOVENA TO ROSA MYSTICA
Daily preparation for the Novena
Maria, Rosa Mystica, fragrant rose of mysticism, wonderful flower of divine knowledge, of purity and blinding beauty, of brilliant, shining glory, of power and overwhelmingly blessing love: we kneel before you to pray, to look, to listen; to look at you and to inhale your heavenly perfume until we have, above all, taken something of your immaculate, pure, and perfect being into our inner selves; to pray that we should no longer, or above all, ask only for your gifts, for the salvation of, and help for, our body and soul; but to pray that we may become like you; that we may listen attentively and closely to every single word of yours which you have spoken not only in the past but even more so in the present, more frequently and more imploringly.
We do not always want to talk and beg but to listen and heed what you say, what your picture is already saying to us and asking us to do. We want to listen to your quiet motherly voice when it speaks to us so tenderly and consolingly with motherly understanding and warning. We want to open our hearts to you when He is looking into the bottom of our soul, to remain steadfast, to force ourselves not to say again we have no time; instead to endure your sad glance even if we should blush and have to cast down our eyes…
Mary, fragrant Rose of Mysticism, please help us to take a look inside ourselves and to examine ourselves, how we shall be able to bear your glance and stand firm before you; help us to know ourselves better, especially in those areas of thought and deed which displease you; help us to become more like you. We promise that we shall try. We also promise to imitate you. Please help us to work on ourselves, to let your love shine wherever we are able to work, but especially for the priests and religious.
3 Hail Mary…
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who take refuge in you.
Consider: The extreme opposite to the Rosa Mystica: the dirtiest and most gruesome thing in the world; beauty and ugliness; the destruction of God and man in modern art, by the mass media, in the press, on radio and television; the destruction of all values and order before and in marriage, in education and at school, shameless fashion taken to extreme excesses; all this carried right into our churches and to the holiest places.
Maria, Rosa Mystica, please protect us from all shamelessness and degeneration, preserve in us the sense for good and evil; prepare us to do battle in defense for all that is pure. Maria, Rosa Mystica, graciously hear us and pray for us.
3 Hail Mary…
Consider: It is not enough to observe how desolate and catastrophic the general situation is. At first, one must oneself be prepared not only to refuse to go with fashion but, as a penance, also to have to put up with something that is not really required, to go without something even if it is not sin. One ought to consider that one could also be guilty of a sin committed by others, by setting a bad example for them.
Maria, Rosa Mystica, grant that you will give us the true spirit of atonement, to fight the current of evil, to accept more often and voluntarily all the unpleasant things the more others fail you. Maria, Rosa Mystica, graciously hear us and pray for us.
3 Hail Mary…
St. Paul: “I make up in my own body what is still missing in the sufferings of Christ!”
And Padre Pio: “I should like to take up a hundredfold the sufferings which others deserve for their sins!”
Consider: Pious pilgrims in particular should note: “The reason prayers often do not bring the expected answer is because too little penance is done with the prayer. “One dresses just as comfortably and lightly as others and one complains about little daily inconveniences. What would Mary say to this?
Maria, Rosa Mystica, grant that we do not forget true penance and reparation with all our prayers, at home and on journeys! Please grant us the right spirit when we come to you. Maria, Rosa Mystica, graciously hear us and pray for us.
3 Hail Mary…
Consider: How to achieve all the before-mentioned? Two things are needed. 1. Our own effort to take time off, to think and meditate, to move away from television, celebrations, leisure, etc.; to learn to differentiate, to learn to do without; to exercise moderation in food, drink, and sleep, etc.; 2. Meditation on the Holy Sacraments and Sacramentals, on the Holy Rosary, the Holy Scriptures, and the life of Saints. In addition, a truly deeply religious and pious father confessor is needed as a spiritual director. This would be by way of one’s own effort, of “active cleansing”. God Himself will help us through His Grace and His Guidance even in sorrow, when we are humiliated, disappointed, and suffer set-backs. Become totally free for God; break away from all attachment to the world and people, be free for the incomprehensible Glory of God.
Maria, Rosa Mystica, grant that you may help us and lead us in our efforts. Maria, Rosa Mystica, graciously hear us and pray for us.
3 Hail Mary…
Consider: The Change
When God takes everything away from man which blocks his path to God; when He helps you to leave everything; when He takes away one’s close attachment to people and things, even one’s consolations; when He leads you into the very darkest “night of the spirit” without any consolation; when there is nothing but darkness and sorrow, and when one can still say like little St. Therese or Padre Pio: “I believe”, then all natural things and created things are removed, and God is able to let flow the abundance of His Graces, knowledge and charism into one’s body and soul without hindrance.
Let us dare to say this prayer with its full weight and accept its possible consequences as Brother St. Klaus, the patron saint of Switzerland, once prayed: “My Lord and my God, take everything from me, everything that may prevent me from coming to you. Give me everything that brings me close to you. Take me and do with me as you please!”
3 Hail Mary…
Consider: Together with Brother Klaus and the great Carmelites, St. John of the Cross, Theresa the Great, and little Therese, we are now on the right path of our true devotion of Mary, the veneration of the “Rosa Mystica”, the “Mystical rose”, and we may speak the words of St. Louis de Montfort:
“The quickest and easiest way to mysticism is Mary — the Rose of Mysticism”.
At the same time we must, however, prevent ourselves from falling under the widely-spread misunderstanding to believe that x-many recited rosaries together with x-many pilgrimages and devotions have now given us the “ticket to Heaven”, otherwise we deceive ourselves! St. Louis de Montfort knows very well how to differentiate between faked and genuine Marian devotion; not just any way leads to mysticism! A whole list of wrong ways of Marian devotions are mentioned by him: e.g. the anxious way, the impertinent way, the superficial way, the selfish way (how much selfishness there is in spiritual intentions!), etc.
Devotion to Mary must be genuine, needs inner preparation and cooperation; it needs devotion that is really trying hard not only to recite casually x-many beautiful prayers and “devotions” but also to inhale the real spirit of Mary; to do everything” with Mary, in Mary, for Mary”; to ask oneself consciously and with your innermost heart: “What does Mary want from me? What would She do in my place? How can I please Her? What would She certainly disagree with?” What changes would occur in the world, in the life of a person, in families, societies, and in nations if one were really prepared to be led by Mary.
Maria, Rosa Mystica, help us to get to know you more and more, lead us and guide us that we may be able to find the path to your mysticism. Amen.
3 Hail Mary…
Consider: There is very little written in the Scriptures about mysticism (supernatural unity with God) in Mary’s life on earth, and in Her transformation. Some general remarks only: “Blessed, full of grace.” The conception in Her womb — judging by the text in the Bible — can only be surmised with deepest reverence; in any event something extremely great and mysteriously enchanting happened when the infinite, eternal love was united with the most loving human heart that ever existed, and will ever exist; united in order to create a tiny yet infinitely great being. However, we do not only possess the Bible. The dogmas, the meditations and writings of our great theologians and fathers of the Church, the revelations to mystics, whether male or female, all of them open the seed for us which is already contained in the Holy Scriptures, full of meaning. With what deep amazement do we read Mary of Agreda’s book about the “Mystical City of God”, how fascinating the way in which she tells us about the Divine Powers and the ability of knowing, helping and loving, the ecstasies and raptures; glories that often remain hidden from many wordly and, sadly to say, ecclesiastical “experts”.
There are still the many different apparitions of Our Lady in the world, and Her revelations. There would be no end if we wanted to recount all the wonderful results and consequences which happened as a result of them: Her knowledge of the human heart, of a single person, of whole groups, nations and ideologies (e.g. Communism); Her insight into Church world politics; Her blinding beauty and overwhelming goodness; Her geniality and knowledge of languages…just incredible; high and exalted above all artists and Nobel prize winners…
The results of mysticism are powerful.
Maria, Rosa Mystica, grant that mankind may find its way to the most beautiful things, to the glories of the supernatural that surpass nature itself. Please give us the fervour to seek this wonderful Divinity and to lead others to it so that they may learn to recognize how poor the delights and desires of this world are compared with Mary, the “Rosa Mystica”.
3 Hail Mary…
Consider: The effects of the Rosa Mystica in us. The more we are prepared to walk the path with Mary, the path She walked Herself, with inner devotion, with merciless self-control, in renunciation of all superficial pleasures; the more we work apostolically in Her spirit; the more we imitate what is contained in the mysteries of the Holy Rosary and mentioned in the Church’s prayer for the Feast of the Holy Rosary, the more we shall then “Receive what they promise”. This then is our request, our
O God, whose only begotten Son has prepared for us the treasures of eternal salvation through His Life, His Death and Resurrection, grant we beseech You that when we meditate on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary and imitate what they contain, we shall receive what they promise through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
3 Hail Mary…
Consider: The special intention of the Mother of God: vocations to priesthood and religious life.
Even if every christian is called to holiness and mysticism, it is of even greater meaning and importance for the priests and religious. They should venerate and imitate their ideal, Mary, the Rosa Mystica, in a special way; and this is something that is missing quite often, most of all in our seminaries, monasteries and convents. It ought, therefore, to be a special apostolate to spread the purpose and meaning of this devotion in those houses, for nowhere more saints and mystics are needed than there. The task of the laity will be to replace what is missing, through their own apostolate and a more zealous imitation of the Rosa Mystica!
3 Our Father…
3 Hail Mary…
3 Glory be…
for the sanctification of priests, bishops, and religious; for special guidance and strength for the Holy Father.
Lord Jesus Christ, you have sent us Your Mother as a wonderful example of holiness and mysticism and especially as an ideal and patroness for the priests and religious. We ask you, grant us Your help to imitate Your Most Holy Mother more and more, to become souls of expiation and victim souls for those priests and religious, who fail you: You who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
Litany of Maria Rosa Mystica
Lord, have mercy on us,
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us, Christ, hear us,
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father in Heaven,
Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, pray for us
Virgin Mother of Christ
Spouse of the Holy Spirit
Mother of Divine Grace
Mother of Precious Life
Mother of Lost Children
Mother of Exiles
Mother of Sweet Mercy
Mother of Sorrow
Mother of our Soul and Mind
Mother of the Aging
Mother of the Dying
Virgin most chaste
Virgin most humble
Virgin most persevering
Rose of the Heavenly Garden
Fragrance of the Morning Sun
Altar of Peace Offerings
Crystal of Light
Pearl of the Sea
Shield of Courage
Gate of the Enclosed Yard
Glass of Time
Flame of Clinging Love
Wind of Gentleness
Fountain of Divine Grace,
Blessed Vessel of Love,
Blessed Mother of Christ.
Lake of Inner Joy
Mountain of Steadfastness
Thunder of Resolution
Depth of Commitment
Guidepost of Eternity
Queen of Angels
Queen of Flowers
Queen of Arts
Queen of the Holy Church
Queen of the Holy Eucharist
Queen of the Immaculate Heart
Queen of the Word
Heart of Mary, Rosa Mystica, Immaculate from Thy creation, pierced with pain, kindled with love, pray for our clergy and all the religious, Save them.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Rosa Mystica, pray for all those priests and religious who are walking on the wrong path, Save them.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Rosa Mystica, pray for all those priests and religious who do not show any more the necessary respect that is due to God, Save them.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Rosa Mystica, pray for all those priests and religious who do not possess any more the courage to profess their faith, Save them.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Rosa Mystica, pray for all those priests and religious who show no respect for the Most Holy Eucharist, Save them,
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Rosa Mystica, pray for all those priests and religious who have succumbed to the allurements of a deceitful world, and do not seek God any more, Save them,
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Rosa Mystica, pierced with pain, kindled with love, pray for all those priests and religious who have given up the Holy Sacrament of Confession, and tolerate sinful deeds, Save them,
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Rosa Mystica, pray for all those priests and religious who have no more love for you and thus have become cold in heart so quickly, Save them,
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Rosa Mystica, pray for all those priests and religious who do not obey the Holy Father any longer, Save them,
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Rosa Mystica, pray for all those priests and religious who are walking on wrong paths and corrupt the mind of the people, Save them,
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Rosa Mystica, pray for all those priests and religious who have left the church, Save them,
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Rosa Mystica, pray for all those priests and religious for the sake of your Immaculate Heart, Save them,
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Rosa Mystica, pray for all those priests and religious for the sake of your tears, Save them,
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Rosa Mystica, pray for all those priests and religious for the sake of your Son who, on the Cross, gave you His priests as your sons, Save them,
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Rosa Mystica, pray for all those priests and religious for the sake of your motherhood, which embraces all the people on earth, Save them,
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Rosa Mystica, pray for all those priests and religious for the sake of your humility as a handmaid of God by which you shine as an example to all the servants of Jesus Christ, Save them,
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Rosa Mystica, Pray for all those priests and religious for the sake of the swords in your heart, which is also pierced by the sword of sorrow which you are suffering for priests and religious, Save them,
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Rosa Mystica, pray for all those priests and religious for the sake of your loneliness and desolation, which you bore in total obedience, Save them,
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Rosa Mystica, pray for all those priests and religious for the sake of your invincible power of intercession for us, Save them,
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Rosa Mystica, pray for all those priests and religious for the sake of you being the all powerful Mediatrix of all graces, Save them,
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Rosa Mystica, pray for all those priests and religious for the sake of your sorrows and your tears of blood, Save them,
Let us pray
O Almighty and merciful God, Who for the triumph of Thy mercy and the salvation of souls hast granted to the Immaculate Virgin Mary boundless powers over the Heart of Jesus, grant, we beseech Thee that by Her prayers and intercession we may avoid the contagion of sin and serve Thee with a pure heart, and that we may live and die in Thy holy love.
O Lord Jesus Christ, our Mediator with the Father, Who hast deigned to appoint the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mystical Rose, Thy Mother and the Mother of Thy Church, to be our Mother also and our Mediatrix with Thee, graciously grant that whosoever goes to Thee in quest of blessings may be gladdened by obtaining them all through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Thou Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
O Mother, you are leading the way for us in your love for your Son, Jesus Christ. Together with you, let us help the afflicted religious but especially our priests. They have the most sacred power and authority to transform wine and bread into the Body of Your Son; they are the intermediaries between God and us; they bear the great responsibility for our souls. But we are also responsible for the Holy Church to produce holy priests. Help us through Your Immaculate Heart, o sorrowful Mother, who is burning with love for us. Amen.
Maria, Rosa Mystica, our soul becomes joyful as we behold this flower; these green leaves are a sign of our eternal youth;
Maria, Rosa Mystica, Mother of the Infant Christ, Our Lord, and all the souls entrusted to Your maternal care; pierce our flesh in sorrow by Your thorns. On this wood repair us and the world for scores of dubious wrongs. Amen.